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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 9, 2011 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Caution like?

This has been eating at me for years.Forumites over 50 like myself might remember a cartoon called Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse,the bassline from the theme song on the show has always sounded very similar to the one in Caution.I was wondering if I am mishearing something or is there any validity to my thinking.

http://www.televisiontunes.com/Couragous%20Cat%20and%20Minute%20Mouse.html

This post was modified by jerlouvis on 2011-06-09 21:19:35

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 9, 2011 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

Yeah, I remember this! You're right - sounds like a very simple progression, anyone who plays blues knows this as a simple variation based on E. (Truckin uses a similar line treated Garcia style.)

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jun 9, 2011 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

Yep, that bass line is the inspiration to the intro of Caution. Many a melody was snipped from television broadcasts after a long day of the "Stanley Cup", that's also code for the Owsley clear.

Tico Tico, Addams Family et al etc ....

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 9, 2011 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

Thanks guys,not being very well versed in musical terminology I could not express my thoughts very clearly,but I did figure the lick Phil was playing was fairly common and not all that complicated.

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Poster: Sparky the Wonder Dog Date: Jun 9, 2011 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

well, the chord progression maybe but not the melody on top. Too bad Pigpen didn't do the theme song for the cartoon--then we'd be cooking with gas.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jun 9, 2011 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

That is an identical bassline, yes.
But the Dead stole the music for Caution note-for-note from Them's song Mystic Eyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzS5jHm5-1k

Some of you might also be curious to see how Them handled one of Pigpen's signature tunes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omf6rCwB5ik (live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuxtsz3ZrJs (studio, closer to the Dead's version)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 9, 2011 10:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

I stand corrected. Now editing initial misinformed post with additional relevant info:

The inspiration for Caution was explained in an interview by Bob Weir:

"We were driving around listening to the radio .... And the song Mystic Eyes by Them was on, and we were saying, 'Check this out! We can do this!' So we got to the club where we were playing and we warmed up on it. We lifted the riff from Mystic Eyes and extrapolated it into Caution, I think Pigpen just made up the words."



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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jun 11, 2011 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Caution like?

that is interesting! And then so the NAME for this newly developed tune is explained by Phil in his book. Stating that they were smoking a doobie in between cars on a train and jerry almost slipped and fell off (Caution, do not step on tracks). Correct?